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Catty fall to Nazareth, beats Notre Dame GP

Friday, December 15, 2017 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

For the Catasauqua boys’ basketball team, it will be a matter of time.

The Roughies opened their season with a lopsided 77-51 loss at Nazareth Dec. 8, but head coach Eric Snyder believes his team will need to sort through their ways to find their identity.

“They (Nazareth) hit too many standing 3’s,” said Snyder about his evaluation of the loss to Nazareth who made eight three-pointers. “It was a 30-26 game and then they hit a three. We scored the next four points to cut it to 33-30, but they came back with another three to make it 36-30.

“From there, it seemed like we couldn’t put a ball in the ocean. We are a small team and they had a big front line. But I would like to play them, and I think we can beat them.”

Senior Isaiah Graves, who began the season 68 points shy of the 1,000-career mark, led the Roughies with a game-high 27 points. Cullen Bond added seven and Jaylen Green had six.

One of the key to the Roughies’ success this will be supplementing Graves. Green, a sophomore, who emerged as another major scoring threat last season until he was slowed by an ankle injury, had an off night on the floor.

The Roughies had success during the summer, mainly due to developing their bench.

“We need to develop scorers around (Graves),” said Snyder. “Jaylen (Green) is a very talented player, but he had a bad night. We had a good summer and we have depth this season. We just have to keep moving the ball around and also take good shots.”

Snyder is confident his depth will grow, but it will take time.

“I’m not sure yet how deep we can be,” he said. “At first, I thought we could go 9, 10 or 11 players deep. By Christmas, I should know who I can trust to put in the lineup.”

One likely candidate to get more playing time is freshman Derek Troxell, who already has made a favorable impression.

“He (Troxell) had ‘it’,” said Snyder. “He has great court sense and a basketball IQ out there. He can be a scorer and he doesn’t force things. He knows the game and he will be getting more time out there.”

Snyder anticipated a further reading on his team when they met Notre Dame Tuesday. The Roughies also will meet Northwestern Thursday and then Saucon Valley Monday.

“Notre Dame will be a test,” said Snyder. “They have some new faces in their lineup, but they will be very aggressive. They run off everything and can go 12 players deep.

“We have to see how we respond. This will be a good week to see what we need to work on and how to improve our season.”

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Catty knocked off Notre Dame at home 84-81 thanks to a three-pointer from Devon Troxell in overtime.

The Roughs trailed 43-35 at halftime but rallied in the second half. Catty scored 20 points in the third quarter to go ahead in the game after three 55-54. Graves scored 10 points in that frame alone and finished with 23 points.

Green took over in the fourth quarter with eight points helping to send the game to an extra frame. Green finished with 24 points to lead the Roughs and also hit a key three in OT.

Troxell scored his only points of the game on two threes in overtime.